Learn About Our Programs

Our programs are offered for a wide range of ages intended to expose participants to the wonders of the natural world around us. Special accommodations are available for all programs with adequate notification.

Upcoming events

    • 01/21/2017
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 0

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    For Ages: 6-9 years, Adult participation required.

    It’s nesting season for eagles. Spend some time indoors learning about these majestic creatures, and then join the naturalist on a hike to observe the nest site. Bring binoculars if you have them.


    Naturalist in Charge: Shannon Steele

    Reservations are required by Thursday, January 19. 

    Program Fee: Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers
    • 01/23/2017
    • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp, Prince Frederick
    • 9

    For volunteers ages 12 and up - children must be accompanied by an adult

    This is a special opportunity for current CCNRD volunteers to get together with a park naturalist and explore a little visited part of the Battle Creek Cypress Swamp property. We will trek thru the winter swamp to the county champion bald cypress tree – the biggest of its kind in the county. After the walk, stay for a pot luck lunch to get warmed up or head home.

    Volunteers: Please register by 1/19/17

    LocationBattle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Naturalist in Charge: Tania Gale

    Program Fee:
    Free 

    • 01/27/2017
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 16
    For volunteers age 16+ 

    Location: Kings Landing Park, Huntingtown

    Beat the winter blahs and join the Naturalists and fellow volunteers around the campfire! Please bring a side dish to share, and we'll show you how to cook dinner-on-a-stick over the fire. We'll provide the 'smores as well.

    Stories, music, and general good cheer welcome! If possible, bring your own reusable mug/dish/flatware. 

    Please register so we can bring enough supplies for all! 

    Campfire will be by the restored YMCA cabins, but we will meet at Tom Wisner Hall.

    Program is Free.

      

     

     

    • 01/28/2017
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 2

    For Adults and teens 13 years and older.

    Eagles, ducks, geese and more! We will enjoy a leisurely two mile hike as we visit the swamp, ponds and beach to see what birds are out and about.

    Dress for the weather, wear comfortable hiking shoes, and bring binoculars if you have them. Binoculars will be available to borrow.

    LocationFlag Ponds Nature Park

    Naturalist in charge: Lindsay Hollister

    Reservations are required, deadline: Wednesday, January 25

    Program Fee per person:
    Free for Society members
    $8 per person for nonmembers

     

    • 01/30/2017
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp, Prince Frederick
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    For Ages 3 years to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    Birds aren't the only ones who make their home in a tree. We'll discover other animals that call a tree their home. We'll explore outdoors for signs of animal homes. 

    Location:  Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Naturalist in Charge: Amanda DuPrey-Hicks

    Program Fee:
    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

     

     

    • 01/30/2017
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp, Prince Frederick
    • 10

    For Ages 3 years to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    Birds aren't the only ones who make their home in a tree. We'll discover other animals that call a tree their home. We'll explore outdoors for signs of animal homes. 

    Location:  Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Naturalist in Charge: Amanda DuPrey-Hicks

    Program Fee:
    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

     

     

    • 02/03/2017
    • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 0

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    For Ages 18 months to 5 years

    Adult participation is required

    Children will have fun doing indoor activities and crafts with ice then will bundle up and take a short hike in the frozen outdoors. 

    LocationFlag Ponds Nature Park

    Naturalist in Charge: Shannon Steele

    Reservations are required by: Wednesday, February 1. 

    Program Fee:
    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    • 02/03/2017
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 2

    For Ages 18 months to 5 years

    Adult participation is required

    Children will have fun doing indoor activities and crafts with ice then will bundle up and take a short hike in the frozen outdoors. 

    LocationFlag Ponds Nature Park

    Naturalist in Charge: Shannon Steele

    Reservations are required by: Wednesday, February 1. 

    Program Fee:
    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    • 02/07/2017
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp, Prince Frederick
    • 7

    Teen Homeschool Day - Ages 12-16 years

    Send your teen on this special opportunity to explore the northern section of the Cypress Swamp were few visitors get to go. We will talk about the adaptations of cypress trees as well as learn what makes a Champion or Big Tree. We will then trek through the swamp to locate our county champion bald cypress and measure it.

    Please register by February 2


    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Program Fee:
    Free for members
    $8 per person for nonmembers




    • 02/09/2017
    • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 0

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    3-5 years old, adult participation required

    Enjoy a short hike to explore nature in winter. We will collect found materials and use them to create a nature mobile to hang at home. All materials will be provided.

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Reservations by Monday, February 6  

    Program Fee per family:

    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers 

     


    • 02/09/2017
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 1

    3-5 years old, adult participation required

    Enjoy a short hike to explore nature in winter. We will collect found materials and use them to create a nature mobile to hang at home. All materials will be provided.

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Reservations by Monday, February 6  

    Program Fee per family:

    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers 

     


    • 02/10/2017
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    Ages 4-12, with adult 

    This winter’s homeschool series focuses on the idea of “habitats,” with each month focusing on something different. During the February class, we will explore the beach of Flag Ponds Park – what plants and animals live there and how do they depend on each other.

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Naturalist in charge: Tania Gale

    Program Fee are per family:
    Please register all your children on one entry. Program fees are per family.

    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Please register by February 8 to attend


    • 02/10/2017
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 3

    Ages 4-12, with adult 

    This winter’s homeschool series focuses on the idea of “habitats,” with each month focusing on something different. During the February class, we will explore the beach of Flag Ponds Park – what plants and animals live there and how do they depend on each other.

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Naturalist in charge: Tania Gale

    Program Fee are per family:
    Please register all your children on one entry. Program fees are per family.

    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Please register by February 8.

    • 02/11/2017
    • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Mully's Brewery, 141 Schooner Lane, Prince Frederick
    • 40

    This event is for participants 21 years and older.

    Think you are a nature expert??? Well grab your friends and come test out your skills at Nature Trivia! Mully's Brewery will be hosting this trivia event and providing the beer. There is a cash prize for the team finishing in first as well as door prizes. We will provide some light snacks but you are welcome to bring snacks too. Registration will start at 6:30 p.m. and trivia will start promptly at 7:00 p.m.

    Team Registration Fee: $60    

    **Every participant receives one free beer thanks to Mully's Brewery! **

    The registration fee supports all of our education programs.

    Max Team size: 6

    Registration Deadline: Tuesday, Feb 7

    Team Fee must be paid to be considered registered.

    Don't know who will be on your team? Not a problem. Register anyway, and we can add team members later.

    Rules

    • Must be 21 years or older. Picture ID required.
    • Team must have a team name.
    • Up to 6 people (physically present) per team. Minimum team size is one person.
    • Every person at the team table will be counted as part of your maximum team size.
    • No cell/smartphone or other outside information source. We will have a cell phone parking lot in the room. You may not use your cell phone during a round until your team’s answers are turned in to the judge.
    • There is no partial credit for an answer.
    • The quiz master will be the final arbiter of correct answers and scoring. 
    • Any rule not listed here may be made up on the spot by the quiz master, Gene Groshon.
    • Current employees of Calvert County Natural Resources, members of the Calvert Nature Society Board of Directors, or their families, may not be a team member.

    Registration Deadline: Thursday,

    Maximum number of teams: 18

    Location: Mully's Brewery, 141 Schooner Lane, Suite 15, Prince Frederick, MD 

     

     

    • 02/13/2017
    • 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Varies: Meet at Kings Landing Park
    • 13

    Free Program For Volunteers (Adults only)

    From eagles to owls and ducks to geese who knows what we could see as we go birding at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge. This area is a major stayover and migration stop for many birds along the east coast. This trip is open to all current Calvert Stewards. Thanks for everything you do!

    Location: Meet at Kings Landing Park.   We will then travel to the eastern shore in the county vans.

    Reservations are required by Thursday, February 9

    Program is free.

     

    • 02/17/2017
    • 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 19

    All ages.

    The 20th Annual Great Backyard Bird Count is this weekend.  Whether you are a novice or an expert birder, volunteers of all ages are welcome to help identify and count birds.  Data will be used by researchers at Cornell and the National Audubon Society.

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Naturalist in charge: Shannon Steele

    This program is free.

    Reservations are required by: Wednesday, February 15. 

    • 02/17/2017
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Biscoe Gray Heritage Farm
    • 14
    Ages 13 years through adult

    Learn to identify some of our evergreen plants. We’ll explore the forests in search of the ferns, herbaceous plants, and trees that are green in the winter. 

    Co-sponsored by the Maryland Native Plant Society

    Location: Biscoe Gray Heritage Farm. Meet at the Equestrian Entrance

    Naturalist in charge: Karyn Molines

    Fee is per person.

    Free for Society members
    Free for MNPS members
    $8 for nonmembers


     

    • 02/18/2017
    • 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 0

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    For All Ages

    Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult

    This weekend is the Great Backyard Bird Count. Whether it's your first time birding or you are an expert, everyone is welcome on this hike. Bring your binoculars and see what birds are in our park. 

    Program Fee:
    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Reservations are required.  

    Registration Deadline: Thursday, February 16, 2017

     

    • 02/22/2017
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp, Prince Frederick
    • 7

    For Ages 18 months to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    Explore the wonderful world of animals with a backbone. What it is used for? why is it important? We'll even meet some of those special animals. 

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Naturalist in Charge: Amanda DuPrey-Hicks

    Program Fee:
    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

     

     

    • 02/22/2017
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp, Prince Frederick
    • 9

    For Ages 18 months to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    Explore the wonderful world of animals with a backbone. What it is used for? why is it important? We'll even meet some of those special animals. 

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Naturalist in Charge: Amanda DuPrey-Hicks

    Program Fee:
    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

     

     

    • 02/23/2017
    • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 2

    Salamander Study Work Day

    For adults and families with older children (age 9 and up) with adult participation.  Not suitable for young children.

    Come find out more about our local salamanders and this volunteer program which helps to keep tabs on their population at Flag Ponds Park.  Join the naturalist in getting the traps ready for the fall season.  Bring work gloves and wear clothes that can get dirty.   

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Advanced registration is required. Register online, by mail, by email, or in person (at Battle Creek Cypress Swamp)

    This program is free.

    Register by 2/22/17


     

    • 02/25/2017
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 30
    Adults only.

    Learn how you can connect your preschool child to nature and inspire their creativity through numerous hands-on activities and make-and-take crafts. Enjoy this relaxing morning away from your kids as you share ideas with other parents & teachers of preschool-aged children.  Be prepared for a hike outdoors if weather permits.


    Naturalist in Charge: Shannon Steele

    Reservations are required by Wednesday, February 22. 

    Program Fee per Person: 
    $20 for Society Members
    $30 for Nonmembers
    Program fee includes all materials and supplies for the workshop.
    • 02/26/2017
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 6

    For Adults and teens 13 years and older.

    Eagles, ducks, geese and more! We will enjoy a leisurely two mile hike as we visit the swamp, ponds and beach to see what birds are out and about.

    Dress for the weather, wear comfortable hiking shoes, and bring binoculars if you have them. Binoculars will be available to borrow.

    LocationFlag Ponds Nature Park

    Naturalist in charge: Lindsay Hollister

    Reservations are required, deadline: Wednesday, February 22

    Program Fee per person:
    Free for Society members
    $8 per person for nonmembers

     

    • 03/03/2017
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    Ages 4-12, with adult  

    This winter’s homeschool series focuses on the idea of “habitats,” with each month focusing on something different.  During the March class, we will explore the swamps of Flag Ponds Park – what plants and animals live there and how do they depend on each other. 

    Please register by March 1 to attend   

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Naturalist in charge: Tania Gale

    Program Fee are per family:
    Please register all your children on one entry. Program fees are per family.

    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Homeschool Fridays is a series of environmental education programs developed especially for homeschoolers ages 4 to 12. These classes are a great way to get hands-on science and nature lessons and network with other homeschooling families. Each two-hour program will consist of indoor and outdoor hands-on learning

    Parents with younger children (ages 4-6) will stay with the group; parents of older children have the option of staying or not; there is no charge for parents since they are expected to participate as mentors and teachers. Staff will provide guidance for parents on how to assist.

    Siblings younger than 4 are welcome, but must be under the care of a parent/guardian at all times and should not distract the program participants.

    Older and younger students will be grouped by age to allow for age-appropriate topic exploration (parents will stay with the younger group).

    • 03/03/2017
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 5

    Ages 4-12, with adult  

    This winter’s homeschool series focuses on the idea of “habitats,” with each month focusing on something different.  During the March class, we will explore the swamps of Flag Ponds Park – what plants and animals live there and how do they depend on each other. 

    Please register by March 1 to attend   

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Naturalist in charge: Tania Gale

    Program Fee are per family:
    Please register all your children on one entry. Program fees are per family.

    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Homeschool Fridays is a series of environmental education programs developed especially for homeschoolers ages 4 to 12. These classes are a great way to get hands-on science and nature lessons and network with other homeschooling families. Each two-hour program will consist of indoor and outdoor hands-on learning

    Parents with younger children (ages 4-6) will stay with the group; parents of older children have the option of staying or not; there is no charge for parents since they are expected to participate as mentors and teachers. Staff will provide guidance for parents on how to assist.

    Siblings younger than 4 are welcome, but must be under the care of a parent/guardian at all times and should not distract the program participants.

    Older and younger students will be grouped by age to allow for age-appropriate topic exploration (parents will stay with the younger group).

    • 03/06/2017
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Ward Farm Recreation and Nature Park, Dunkirk
    • 3
    Teen Homeschool Day
    Ages 12-16 years

    Teen homeschoolers will learn about Calvert County’s “herps” (reptiles and amphibians) and then head into the wetlands and woods of this new county property to search for and count these amazing creatures.

    Please register by March 1

    Program Fee:
    Free for members
    $8 per person for nonmembers




    • 03/08/2017
    • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 3

    For Ages 3 to 5 years

    Adult participation is required.

    There are birds of all shapes and sizes here at Battle Creek. We will go on a hike to see who we can find flying about the park.

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Naturalist in Charge: Gene Groshon

    Reservations are required.Registration Deadline: Monday, March 6

    Program Fee:
    Free for members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    • 03/08/2017
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 6

    For Ages 3 to 5 years

    Adult participation is required.

    There are birds of all shapes and sizes here at Battle Creek. We will go on a hike to see who we can find flying about the park.

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Naturalist in Charge: Gene Groshon

    Reservations are required.Registration Deadline: Monday, March 6

    Program Fee:
    Free for members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    • 03/16/2017
    • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • King Landing Park
    • 3

    3-5 years old, Adult participation required

    Animals have lots of adaptations to survive the winter – some stay active, some hibernate, and some migrate. Bring your preschoolers to learn what Calvert County animals will be returning from the warm south in the spring and then head outside to search for these travelers.

    Location: Kings Landing Park

    Reservations by 3/9/17 please    

    Fee is per family; Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    Program Fee:

    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers 

     


    • 03/16/2017
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • King Landing Park
    • 2

    3-5 years old, Adult participation required

    Animals have lots of adaptations to survive the winter – some stay active, some hibernate, and some migrate.  Bring your preschoolers to learn what Calvert County animals will be returning from the warm south in the spring and then head outside to search for these travelers.

    Location: Kings Landing Park

    Reservations by 3/9/17 please    

    Fee is per family; Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    Program Fee:

    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers 

     


    • 03/18/2017
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 8

    For families with children ages 8 and up. 

    Celebrate the return of the amazing migrating osprey. We will learn about migration by playing games, then take a hike to the water to observe the return rituals of this special bird.

    Location: Kings Landing Park

    Naturalists in charge: Lindsay Hollister

    Reservations are required by: Wednesday, March 15

    Program Fee:  
    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

     

    • 03/20/2017
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    For Ages 3 to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    Not all mammals live on land, some call the water their home. 

    LocationFlag Ponds Nature Park 

    Naturalist in Charge: Amanda DuPrey-Hicks

    Program Fee per family:
    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Reservations are required by Thursday, March 16

     

    • 03/20/2017
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 4

    For Ages 3 to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    Not all mammals live on land, some call the water their home. 

    LocationFlag Ponds Nature Park 

    Naturalist in Charge: Amanda DuPrey-Hicks

    Program Fee per family:
    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Reservations are required by Thursday, March 16

     

    • 03/21/2017
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 5

    Ages 10-adult, under 18 with adult 
    Volunteer Program

    After a short presentation about our new Prothonotary Warbler Study, volunteers will trek around the park to learn the nest box locations and prepare them for the season. Interested volunteers can monitor them as little as once or as many as 12 times between April and July.

    Naturalist in charge: Shannon Steele

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    This program is free.

    Reservations are required by Friday, March 17. 

     

    • 03/31/2017
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Ward Farm Recreation and Nature Park
    • 2

    For children ages 6-9 years old, adults are not required 

    Spring is springing all around us!  In this day off from school, we will get OUT and explore the woods, meadows, and waterways of this great new park.  Depending on the weather we may – dip net in the pond for frogs and tadpoles, build forts in the woods, search the meadows for spring wild flowers just coming up. 

    Location: Ward Farm Recreation and Nature Park

    Space is limited to 10 campers.

    Register before March 29

    Fee is per child.
    $20 for Society members
    $30 for nonmembers

    • 04/28/2017
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 25

    For adults, although teens 16 years and older may attend.

    Interested in knowing the names of the wonderful wildflowers you encounter in forest and field? Then take this class where you’ll learn to “key-out” local plants using the popular Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide. Other field guides can be used, but the instruction will focus on the terminology and methodology of Newcomb's. 

    Please bring a hand lens, lunch, and water. Please consider buying Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide before the program and reading the beginning sections. A limited number are for sale at the Battle Creek Cypress Swamp.

    A few copies of the guide and extra lenses will be available to borrow

    Co-sponsored by the Maryland Native Plant Society 

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Fee is per person.
    Free for Calvert Nature Society and Maryland Native Plant Society members
    $8 for nonmembers


Calvert Nature Society is dedicated to the protection and preservation of Calvert County’s natural heritage and the creation of an environmentally literate and aware community. We provide opportunities for appreciation and understanding of our natural world through our outreach initiatives and in support of the mission of the Calvert County Natural Resources Division.  The Society is a 501(c)3 organization.

Copyright Calvert Nature Society.
Mailing address: PO Box 122, Port Republic, MD 20676. info@calvertparks.org
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